UNICEF renewed its Letter of Understanding (LoU) with UNHCR for another year to continue to support refugees in the sectors of Education, Protection, Nutrition, WASH and Communication for Development in 2014.
As of end December 2013, the estimated number of Malian refugees and returnees is 54,894 people located in Tillabéri camps (Abala, Ayorou and Mangaize) and in Tahoua refugee hosting areas (Intikane, Tazalit).
In addition, an approximate 37,703 people from Nigeria (including returnees and refugees) have sought refuge in Diffa region, southeastern Niger.
In December 2013, the National Mechanism for the Prevention and Management of Disasters and Food Crises (DNPGCCA) released the final data of the vulnerability analysis carried out in November 2013. A total of 4,648 villages are severely or moderately at risk of food insecurity with an estimated 4.2 million people (418,724 people are at risk of being severely food insecure while another 3,778,890 are at risk of being moderately food insecure) against 2.4 million people in 2012.
As of 31 December 2013, a total of 398,326 children under-five have been admitted to therapeutic feeding centres for severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
From January to December 2013, a cumulative total of 592 cholera cases including 15 deaths have been reported against 5,285 cases reported at the same period in 2012.
In 2013, flooding affected an approximate 233,000 persons in Niger. To respond to the emergency, UNICEF provided 10,097 households with non-food items kits.